Fortnite error code 20006

This error prevents the game from starting. The service error message can indicate different reasons: “Service error StartService failed: 1058” or “Unable to create service (EasyAntiCheat)” or “Unable to create service (StartService failed: 2)”. The problems are complicated by the variety of forms of error presentation.


Fortnite crash 20006 is almost always triggered by the EasyAntiCheat (EAC) module. Its direct task is to check the client for malicious cheats when starting a video game. Those. the servers are configured so that the user is added only if EasyAntiCheat provides information about the cleanliness of the client. However, despite the variety of manifestations, the solution to error code 20006 in Fortnite is the same. Below are the options that will really help.

Fixing the EasyAntiCheat service

This method helps in 75-80% of cases when error 20006 occurs.

  • Go to Fortnite directory, by default drive C: Program Files Epic Games Fortnite.
  • In the root folder of the game, go to “FortniteGame”, then Binaries -> Win64 (or Win32, if you have such an OS) -> EasyAntiCheat. Right-click the file “EasyAntiCheat_Setup.exe”.
  • In the context menu, select the “Run as administrator” item.
  • In the application that opens, in the list of games, select Fortnite (line in the center).
  • Then click on the “Help in recovery” button.
  • After completing the process, close the window and try to launch Fortnight.

Checking the integrity of game files

Crashing game files is also a common cause of error 20006 when launching Fortnite. Therefore, you need to check all game files for integrity.

  1. Launch the Epic Games Store app as administrator and go to the Fortnite tab.
  2. To the right of the Run button there is a gear icon – click on it. A new menu will open in the client window.
  3. Select the “Check” item and wait for the process to finish (this will take about 10-15 minutes).
  4. Restart the client and error 20006 shouldn’t bother you anymore. Otherwise, try the next “recipe”.

Removing the EasyAntiCheat driver

If the previous methods did not help to fix this error, users write that removing the EAC driver can help. It is worth noting that after removing the driver, the Fortnite game itself will download the most current version from the official source.

  1. In Explorer, go to the directory: C: WindowsSystem32 (if the display of hidden files and folders is disabled, enable it).
  2. Then find the “EasyAntiCheat.sys” file in the folder you just opened. Right-click and select “Delete” (you can also make a backup, ie rename it to another and if something goes wrong, then you can return everything to its original place).
  3. Launch Fortnite, the client has to expose the lack of an important video game component and download a new sample.

EasyAntiCheat.sys transfer

Error 20006 often appears after the next client update. To fix the crash, make sure to close the game and the Epic Games client itself (do this through the Task Manager or Ctrl + Alt + Del).

Go to the root folder: Windows / System32 / drivers. Find “EasyAntiCheat.sys” among the files. Transfer it to your desktop (via Administrator rights). It is worth emphasizing – just transfer, not copy! Now try starting the client.

Switching the EAC startup mode

If you get this message when launching Fortnite, follow these steps.

  • Go to “Start” / “Run” in the search bar, write services.msc. Press Enter. In and click “OK”, the service log will open.
  • In the service log find “EasyAntiCheat” and right click to open “Properties”.
  • Next tab “General” / “Startup type”. You need to change the status – turn off “Manual” and turn on “Automatic”, click apply.
  • Now restart your computer and launch the game.

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